Friday 12.07

TBT’s ‘Nutcracker’ goes to Bass
There’s a reason Texas Ballet Theater no longer has a city in its name — it’s a troupe meant for all of North Texas. So, having just concluded a two-week engagement at the Winspear in Dallas of The Nutcracker, it heads into the Christmas season at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall. Ben Stevenson’s newly-choreographed version of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved work just scored a “Nutty” Award nomination for best version of The Nutcracker anywhere in the country. That’s something to dance about.

DEETS: Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. Dec. 7–23.


Wednesday 12.12

Out sax man Dave Koz
blows it for Christmas
Ballet isn’t the only thing going on at Bass Hall this week. On Thursday, two-time Grammy-nominee Dave Koz celebrates the yuletide season with Dave Koz and Friends’ Christmas. The jazzy show features the openly gay saxophonist performing alongside other acts, all with the goal of getting you into the Christmas spirit.

DEETS: Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m. $27–$88.


Thursday 12.13

Dark Knight moves from film to stage for ‘Batman Live’ arena show
After this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises in theaters, the Caped Crusader has never been hotter, and the proof might be Batman Live, a world arena tour that stays faithful to the DC Comics characters. The plot involves all the iconic elements, from Penguin to Arkham Asylum to the quasi-homoerotic relationship between Batman and Robin. It’s hard to act like a grown-up when such childhood joys abound.

DEETS: American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Dec. 13–16. $20–110.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 7, 2012.